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Targeting Americans: The Constitutionality of the U.S. Drone War

H. Jefferson Powell


A centerpiece of the U.S. government’s current war against international terrorism is targeted killing by unmanned drone aircraft. The executive branch insists that it limits the use of drone strikes to conform with all relevant legal norms but also that those norms permit the killing of a U.S. citizen who meets the targeting criteria: The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki in September 2011 was the first acknowledged strike against a citizen. The legality as well as the wisdom of the government’s policies are hotly debated, and this book analyzes the constitutionality of the killing of al-Awlaki as a ... More

Keywords: targeted killing, drones, drone strikes, constitutional authorization, due process, AUMF, Anwar al-Awlaki, al-Qaeda

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190492847
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190492847.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

H. Jefferson Powell, author
Professor of Law, Duke University Law School